Starting pitcher Mat Latos will be eligible to come off the 60 day disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds on May 29th. If things go as planned, the right-handed starter should be back in the rotation shortly after he is eligible to return, sometime in early June.
Latos has had a number of setbacks as he has worked his way back from issues with his elbow and knee, so for his part he is not getting his hopes up about returning. As quoted by C. Trent Rosecrans in the Cincinnati Enquirer:
I’m not excited at all. I’m grateful and glad that everything is going probably as smooth as it was last time when I wound up getting hurt all over again. As far as anything else, this is a day-to-day process. I don’t want to get too excited because we’ve been down this road before and then I had that flare-up and setback. Knock on wood, but everything is going really well.”
If Latos can return and shake the rust off after missing spring training, he will join a rotation that already touts Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, and Tony Cingrani (who comes off the DL himself on Sunday). That is the kind of starting rotation that can make a run to the playoffs, something the Reds hope to enjoy with good health in 2014.